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Backpacking Light has helped me tune my gear so I carry a lighter load but still have the comforts that make the trip enjoyable for me. I particularly like the in-depth analysis of gear such as the stove research.
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Backpacking Light gave me the knowledge I needed to confidently undertake a 900 mile PCT section hike. That hike changed my life, I can’t thank Backpacking Light enough for that.
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Backpacking Light's expertise was absolutely invaluable to NOLS when we started our Lightweight Backpacking Program. Ryan was quick to understand our programmatic needs and provide workable solutions and suggestions to ensure we were able to meet our lightweight goals.
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